Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of eating fish. They are packed with Omega 3 fats that are good for our brain (more than half of the brain is made from fat), nervous system, heart and cardiovascular system. Omega 3 fats are anti-inflammatory and so protect against chronic disease like type 2 diabetes, autoimmune conditions and depression.
Not all fish are created equal for delivering Omega 3s. Dark, oily, stronger tasting fish typically contain the highest amounts. These ones have some of the best levels.
It is worth noting though that some seafood that is lower in Omega 3s deliver other nutrient benefits like abundant minerals that can be lacking in our diets. Don’t feel too constrained!
It’s possible that you’re aware of some concerns around eating fish too and if you’re like many of my clients you could use some more guidance.
Farmed vs. Wild Fish
- Wild fish is best for our health (although keep reading for more about Mercury toxicity), but with the pressure to keep up with consumer demand, more and more fish that we buy is farmed.
- Some farm-raised fish is produced responsibly, without the use of harmful antibiotics, fungicides and parasitides and providing the fish with appropriate food.
- Unfortunately though, much of the farm-raised fish is contaminated with toxins and raised on food that’s far removed from what it would naturally eat. That reduces the Omega 3 content of the fish, sometimes to almost negligible levels and exposes us to toxins.
Ask your fishmonger or look for labeling on farmed fish that indicates:
- The fish were raised without antibiotics or hormones.
- They were farmed in low-density (not cramped) pens or tanks.
- The fish tanks or pens were not treated with synthetic herbicides.
- The fish were fed a more natural diet that does not include genetically-modified plants or land-based foods.
Industrial factories pollute our oceans and waterways with mercury and other manufacturing toxins. These toxins are absorbed by small water organisms and plant life which are then eaten by larger fish. For this reason, fish higher up the food chain contain more mercury than smaller fish as it accumulates.
Avoid eating larger fish like these that tend to be higher in mercury:
- Orange Roughy
If you’re like me and love your sushi, you might consider using spirulina, chlorella or other heavy metal detox ingredients afterward to support your body in detoxing.
Eat smaller fish like these that are lower in mercury:
Should I take a fish oil supplement?
Many people in the US are deficient in Omega 3s. For that reason I often add an OmegaCheck to other blood testing that my clients are doing. It can be challenging to get your omega 3 levels to where they should be. So whilst it’s not as beneficial as eating the whole fish, I suggest taking an Omega 3 fish oil supplement. I am so impressed by Xymogen’s Omega MonoPure that my family and I take it and I recommend it to all of my clients. You’ll need a referral code so if you’d like to find out if it’s a fit for you then let me know and we can chat.
As always, let me know if you have questions or comments. We always like to hear from you.